Raises approved for county elected officials

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
   Thursday morning a public hearing was held at the courthouse by the County Compensation Board.
   The purpose of the hearing was to review raises of the elected officials and to discuss the county contribution to the employee health insurance premium and permissive levy as a potential way to raise non-tax revenue.
   The board is made up of John McFarland and Dan Majerus, commissioners Cyndi Johnson, Sandy Broesder and Joe Christiaens, Clerk and Recorder Janice Hoppes, Treasurer Jeanne Moon, Sheriff Tom Kuka, and County Attorney Mary Ann Ries.
   By law, county governments, each year, must appoint a local county compensation board to prepare a pay schedule for the elected county officials for the coming fiscal year.
   Hoppes also had a comparable salary schedule prepared, showing the pay scale comparisons to other counties as well as the City of Conrad and the Clerk of the Conrad School District and other demographics of the counties.
   This worksheet is also required by law. The salary compensation was compared with two counties that paid higher salaries and two that were lower that Pondera County.
   For example, county commissioners earn $40,589. In Teton County their commissioners earn $37,928, in Toole County they are paid $42,765, in Choteau County $39,153 and in Blaine County commissioners earn $41,586.
   The Pondera County Attorney is paid $75,763 (half of this salary is paid by the state). In Teton County, their attorney is paid $82,322, Toole County $84,894, Choteau $65,408 and in Blaine $75,413.
   The Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer and Clerk of Court in Pondera County all receive $38,589. The Clerk and Recorder and Treasurer also receive, by law, an extra $2,000 a year as compensation for other duties.
   In Teton County, the same positions are paid $35,928, in Toole County $40,765, in Choteau County $37,153 and in Blaine County $39,586.
   In Pondera County the sheriff/coroner is paid $41,824, in Teton the sheriff/coroner gets $36,218, in Toole County (sheriff only) $42,765, in Choteau County the sheriff/coroner is paid $40, 383 and in Blaine County the sheriff receives $41,586.